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Deer falls through another basement window in Janesville

Homeowner called police for what she thought was a basement intruder

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Deer falls through another basement window in Janesville

Just a week after a deer damaged a Janesville church, another one ended up inside a home through a basement window.

After hearing a strange sound around 7 Saturday morning, Sandra Van Able said she ran outside to call 911.

"I heard a thump and felt a thump. Something had landed in the basement," Van Able said. "I went around the side of the house and saw the basement window has broken through. So I knew something was in the house."

When sheriff's deputies arrived at the town of Janesville home, they were prepared to deal with an intruder not a deer.

"Each one took up a corner of the house with large guns. I said, "Just don't shoot at that side of the house, that's where my husband is," Van Able said.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said they are seeing an increase in deer in cities.

"In cities like Madison and Janesville that have these high-quality park systems, there's just a lot of places they can live," Andy Paulios, with the DNR, said.

Paulios said these types of run-ins with deer are common in the fall because it is mating season.

"This time of year they're full of testosterone. They're chasing and their awareness to their surroundings is greatly minimized," Paulios said.

Sandra said the deer pushed the top of the window out, and came down and crashed into the glass. Her husband, Ron Van Able, only found out about the deer after her and the sheriff's office told him what happened.

"I didn't see it or hear it or anything," Van Able said.

The sheriff's office did have to call in someone to euthanize the deer. The Van Able's said they spent about $30 on a new window well cover and window pane.

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